Sixpence None the Richer

Sixpence None the Richer

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One of Christian music's best-loved indie bands since its 1994 debut, Sixpence None the Richer scored a much deserved crossover success with this 1998 self-titled effort and its sparkling single "Kiss Me," a hook-driven gem penned by Sixpence guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum to his wife, lead singer Leigh Nash. The rest of the songs here are

Overview

One of Christian music's best-loved indie bands since its 1994 debut, Sixpence None the Richer scored a much deserved crossover success with this 1998 self-titled effort and its sparkling single "Kiss Me," a hook-driven gem penned by Sixpence guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum to his wife, lead singer Leigh Nash. The rest of the songs here are less straightforward lyrically, but Nash's ethereal soprano -- think Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays -- brings Slocum's image-saturated poetry to life. "Kiss Me" and the equally bright (though more lyrically cryptic) "Easy to Ignore" are cheerful moments on what is often a dark, complicated record. Most of SIXPENCE recounts the band's struggle to deal with departing band members, a collapsing record label, and an ensuing yearlong legal limbo. Such trials explain songs such as "Anything," where Slocum writes: "They're looking for money as they clean my artistic womb.... We'd like to know if we should pack our tents, shut down the show." Ouch. Fortunately, Nash's sunny vocals and an artful production that sprinkles in Celtic, Latin, and even Gregorian elements prevent the album from being bogged down by its own angst. More along the lines of "Kiss Me" is a cover of the La's jangle-pop classic "There She Goes," which was added to later SIXPENCE pressings and shows us Sixpence at their best: bright, light, and full of fun.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
After toiling in relative obscurity in the Christian pop ghetto for several years, Sixpence None the Richer suddenly exploded on to the pop charts in 1999 on the strength of "Kiss Me," an utterly irresistible slice of swoony guitar pop that, once heard, is impossible to shake loose from the brain and could well turn out to be this generation's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." The rest of the album may not be quite as memorable, but that's not to say that "Kiss Me" is the only thing worth hearing. "Anything," with its fruity chord progression and string sweetening, is almost Beatlesque; "The Lines of My Earth" draws subtly on country influences. Then there's the Pablo Neruda setting. There are moments when the wispiness of Leigh Nash's voice isn't adequately offset by sturdier accompaniment, but overall this is a very winning album. Those who are offended by religious messages in their pop music don't need to worry -- there are a few here, but they're pretty subtle.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688551223
catalogNumber:
85512
Rank:
13098

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sixpence None the Richer   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ
Dale Baker   Percussion,Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Tom Howard   Piano
John Mark Painter   Accordion,Multi Instruments,Bells,Oud,Muted Trumpet,Hurdy-Gurdy,Mellotron
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Chris Donohue   Bass
Peter Hyrka   Violin
Antoine Silverman   Violin
J.J. Plasencio   Bass,Upright Bass
Matt Slocum   Guitar,Cello,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
Mark Nash   Cymbals,Hi Hat
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Justin Cary   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sean Kelly   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Taylor   Producer
Phil Madeira   Contributor
William Stanley Merwin   translation
Tony Palacios   Engineer
John Mark Painter   Engineer
Russ Long   Engineer
Beth Lee   Art Direction
Andreas Krause   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Matt Slocum   String Arrangements
D.L. Taylor   Contributor,Artwork,Cover Painting
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Tara Wilson   Engineer

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Sixpence None the Richer 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album opens with my favorite song 'we have forgotten,' about the pain of dreams that have failed, but of the hope we still have when focused on the eternal, not temporal. this album deals with life's many struggles, but uses such driving and melodic music to counterbalance the dreary setting. beautiful vocals, and striking instrumentals, - this is a great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another solid album for Matt Slocum and Co. Excellent from start to finish!! Each song compliments the next :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The group¿s CD is a classic example of a good group realizing their potential. The song writer¿s lyrics are complicated enough to add importance and meaning to the songs, something that is commonly lacking in such modern works as ¿Oops! I did it again!¿ and ¿Let me go.¿ This CD provides a harmonic flow between songs, with some of the tracks ¿leading-into¿ others. The finely tuned, precise voice of the lead singer strikes a person in the heart, and gives you a true sense of musical beauty. I have seen few CD¿s that I know I will listen to several hundred times in it¿s life, but this is one of them. Every song is clear, well-recorded, and easy to like. Also, this CD provides the listener nice songs that they can relax to. A great buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that more people haven't written 5 star reviews. SP.N.T.R. is like the best group I have ever heard of. They are sooooo awesome!!!!!!! Thats my input so peace! ~Amanda
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can't tell you enough how awesome this cd is. matt slocum is a talented song writer. it's to bad that kiss me is the only song from this cd that aired on the radio.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My only regret is that only a few of their songs have made it to the radio. I can hardly wait for the release of their new album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just love this song, it's wonderful... the words, the music... if there's someone who thinks the same as i please write me
Guest More than 1 year ago
This chic on here has the most beautiful voice you have ever heard. I love the instruments they use.
Guest More than 1 year ago
6p is a great band. Awsome voices and great lyrics. I realy like one of their hit song's, 'kiss me'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was walking throught the grocery store the other day and heard the "Kiss Me" song on the store radio. I literally stopped in the midle of the aisle to listen to the song. I am infatuated with this music. It's simply sublime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Picked this album up on impulse because I've always loved those radio-friendly songs There She Goes and Kiss Me, which featured in the film She's All That and TV's Dawson's Creek. There's something about this jangly American guitar band and their upbeat summer sound - plus singer Leigh Nash has that cutesy, girl-next-door voice that adds to the happy feel good factor that singles out Sixpence None The Richer. Guitarist Matt Slocum is such a fantastic songwriter - he composed most of the tracks himself. I especially like the song The Lines Of My Earth with its haunting melody and lovely line "This is the last song that I write, 'til you tell me otherwise." I don't know if the band are still going, as I haven't heard anything from them for ages, but I do hope so otherwise. Beautiful album that I just can't stop playing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the song ''Puedo Escribir'' is a beautiful song. It is a poem (I can't remember who by) but the lyrics are gorgeous, but sad. The other songs are pretty good too, but I just though ''Puedo Escribir'' doesn't get any regognition ;)